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Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock - Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH

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94
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2,181 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,181
Reviews: 1,076
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 152
Gots: 181 | FT: 5
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Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2001

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Photo of Schwarzwald
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For me it just really doesn't get much better than this! Very strong, very fruity (rich plum and pear), very rich. I have been searching for this for a while and I finally found it right down the street.

Great pour and head. Exceptional look to this beer. When you pour, you know it's going to be good. I drank one alone and then had another with some cheese (of course) and bread. The food really enhanced the flavor, or should I say, the beer really enhanced the food. Whatever... a great very dark eisbock. The sweet notes and flavor make this a perfect choice.

TRY IT!

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy apricot brown with quickly receding sandy head. With the nose I'm getting clove, booze, rum raisin, banana, and some bubblegum. Taste is about what I expected, exactly like a concentrated Aventinus. I'm sorry to say, however, that in this case, making the beer stronger did not make it better. The problem is that some of the subtleties of Aventinue now have to wrestle with an almost overpowering booze note. It comes through as hot, even though this bottle is probably about 7 months old. Flavors, though, are clove, banana, rum raisin, and toasted malts. It's clean and nice, though too hot. Prickly feel, I really wish this was a bit smoother. The hotness subsides a bit as the drink goes on, but still give me regular Aventinus.

Photo of TheJollyHop
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dates, bananas, bubblegum, cloves, alcohol, nutmeg and allspice, cinnamon, roasty undertones; very complex nose.

Dark brown body (shade away from black) with a tan, two fingers of mousse-like head that is not only rejuvenated by steady streams of carbonation, but also has excellent retention; this head just wont fade! Not to mention the copious sheets of lace populating the inner rim of the glass.

Taste mimics the nose almost to a T with some plums and dried sweet fruits as well. A very malty brew with a relatively quick finish given its strength. Paradoxically creamy and yet light with a high level of carbonation that keeps the beer from becoming syrupy and cloying.

Very drinkable despite the heavy malt character. Alcohol exerts itself at the end but isn't boozy at all. Luscious and enjoyable.

Photo of mfkr
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A hazy dark brown color with a small off-white head that leaves almost no lacing.

S - Banana, raissins, dark fruits, spices, malt, some burnt sugar and hint of alcohol.

T - Malty, some burnt sugar, raissins, dark fruits, some spices and mild taste of alchol.

M - Medium body with little but sharp carbonation. A mild alcohol burn.

D - The high ABV and the rich taste makes this a beer that you need to take your time to enjoy and don't drink to often, but when you do you will really enjoy it.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a deep, murky brown with a voluminous beige head that slowly settles a thin band.

Smell -- Clove, banana peel, raisin and prune, spice, cocoa powder. Overall: spicy, earthy, and fruity.

Taste -- Lots of prune and raisin sweetness, with cocoa powder, clove, and banana. Hops are largely absent, as to be expected, but do contribute to a spiciness that, along with the alcohol presence, keeps the malty sweetness in check.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, viscous, a bit syrupy, massive fluffy carbonation, and a fair amount of alcohol heat and 'bite.'

Drinkability -- I've always been curious about this handsome purple bottle. Glad I finally pulled the trigger. It's rich with dark fruits, earthy yeast and spice, and paired with the fluffy mouthfeel it makes for a satisfying beer.

Photo of ToasterChef
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes, based on a cask pour into my Uprising Chalice at Novare Res' Schneider event. The beer is a plain brown, opaque liquid. It has a big tan foam head. The beer is too dark to see within it, but I can see bubbles popping on the top of the head, so I imagine there is some rising carbonation. It has a toasted caramel and toffee aroma. Perhaps a better way to explain it would be to call it caramelized sugar. There are alcohol and oak notes in the nose as well. It's very appealing. This si a strong, bready beer. It has a fine wheat taste. It also has some dark fruit flavors, like plum or fig. There is also a little bit of caramel sweetness and alcohol to round things out. It has a heavy body and low levels of carbonation. There is some mouth coat, but it is not excessive. There is a good burn in the finish, as one would expect from the ABV. Overall, it feels like an intensified beer, but maybe that is because I know it is an eisbock. Considering the strength of this one, it is very drinkable. I wouldn't order too many rounds, but I could certainly enjoy a few glasses over a long period. Don't let the ABV scare you off, this is a fine beer that is worth trying.

Photo of jneiswender
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer from a bottle at Ebenezer's Pub in Maine. Served in a tulip.

A-dark and murky body, off-white head.

S-malt and some smoke.

T-smokey and very sweet. Not as boozy as others.

M-medium

D-good beer overall. I would drink this beer again. Seems like the perfect beer to cap off a night of drinking.

Photo of KTCamm
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The usual drill for an anything by usual brew.

Deep dark brown with active white foam that cascades on the pour. Picturesque. Residual finger of foam.

Sweet candy smell. Dark fruit. Sugary taste w/ a notable alcohol burn. Raisins/figs in the mix. Strong carbonation.

Tasty and complex - not an easy drinker, and the 12% packs a wallop.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 6-11-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured a dark brown with 2 fingers of foam, good head retention, very thick. Carbonation present with a nice lacing ring

S - Strong Bavarian malts with dark fruits

T /M - Medium bodied with dark roasted malts and a strong alcohol aftertaste and caramel, finished gritty

D - Drinkable brew but one that should be sipped rather slowly this brew didn't do much for me. I wouldn't seek this brew out again, happy with just the one

Photo of EkimGram
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a journal entry from 12/30/09

Appearance: Very dark brown, maple colour. Dark amber. Very thin head served in an oversized wine glass.

Smell: Very strong, thick, and alcoholic aromas float up from the glass. The real prominent sense is of sweetness, smells almost like syrup.

Taste: Sweet at first, a slight flavour of coffee malts are present in the aftertaste. Very strong taste for the alcohol content but it is not harsh.

Mouthfeel: Unexpectedly fizzy and carbonated rather than thick and syrupy which is what I thought it would be.

Drinkability: Given the ABV of this beer it is rather smooth and unabrasive. Definitely should not be consumed too quickly.

Photo of sweemzander
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Bottle# 04128, Vintage 2006.

(A)- Pours a hazy, almost cloudy dark brown; almost black color that produced a quickly dissipating off-white head.

(S)- Rich & ripe dark fruits with a dense biscuit-like wheat. Bits of banana & lemon with a spicy cinnamon kick or something along those lines. A tad musty in the far background from age.

(T)- A rich maltiness that is reminiscent of raisin, honey, butterscotch, and dark ripe fruits. Has a touch of dry wheat and banana at the end. Warms the throat and stomach after each swallow.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Reminds me of a super rich belgain dark or quad with that extra ABV kick as it goes down.

(D)- An interesting and fascinating beer. Its already 4yrs old, but it could hang out for another 4 yrs with how potent this bad boy is. Malty as hell, with a good sweetness. One of these is plenty for me; this is so rich and filling. A slow sipper definitely

Photo of eric5bellies
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Erdinger Weizen Glass.

A - Pours a dark hazey mahogany colour with hints of red. not much head.

S - Very yeasty with heavy clove and spice,

T - Lots of refined dark fruits and slightly burnt caramel has a powerful alcohol kick at the finish. The fruit is very prominant for a beer of this power.

M - Medium body well balanced carbonation.

D - This is a very complex beer that one must bow to. A must try but a sipper none the less.

Photo of Zekezilla
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up, based on the recommendations of the authors of The Naked Pint. So glad I tried it, outstanding beer. Smooth, warm and intense all at the same time. Appearance: dark brown, reddish, very little head or lacing. Feel: almost syrupy and thick, maybe slightly viscous but the alcohol taste pushes through so it's not overly sickly sweet. Taste: cloves, bananas, malt, dark fruits, definitely can taste the alcohol but not in an obnoxious way. Smell: bananas, cloves, dark fruit. Drinkability: I probably wouldn't want more than one of these in a setting, due to the high alcohol content but I'll definitely have an occasional one for a special treat.

Photo of turkob
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark red with a little brown. Little head, no lacing at all.

S: Mmm, best of both worlds. Fruity like a weizen, malty and bready like a bock. Some raisin and banana.

T: Tremendous complexity from an intriguing crossover style. Strong but balanced with lots of malt in the middle and a fruity finish. If I took this blind I'd call it a dark, strong weizen, not really a bock so much.

M: Finishes awesome, with great fruit lingering on the palate. Refreshing yet powerful.

O: Very rich and complex. Never had a beer like this and I like what they did here. More a weizen than a bock to be sure, but elements enough of both styles to be worth trying.

Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark burnt amber color with a thick fizzy off white head. A fair amount of sediment stuck at the bottom of the bottle, which is pretty tough to pull up and adds a light brown haze cloud to the glass. Smells very malty and grassy with a fruity alcohol aroma. Taste is great. Malty like a wheat beer and malty like a bock. A sharp oily sting covers my pallet. Cheers.

Photo of imperialstout27
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date of 2008. Drank in May 2010. Poured into tulip.

A: Pours a deep, hazy brown with amber highlights. Voluminous taupe head that dies down to only a hint of a collar (of course head retention is going to be a challenge with a beer like this, so I'm not going to fault it for that).

S: Quite aromatic and unique. Malty with a sort of fruity sweetness underlying wheat tanginess. Vinous and concentrated. Dark fruits. Light alcohol hints, with a prune-like sweetness accompanied by light clove and raisin bread aromas.

T: Big vinous characteristics. The alcohol hinted at on the nose is certainly apparent in the mouth, and dark red fruits emerge from under the alcohol on the midpalate. Though the malts are sweet, they're not overly so at all, with the wheat notes, hop bitterness, and alcohol balancing the malts well and preventing them from seeming overly sweet. Finishes lightly tart, with an aftertaste of fresh grapeskins, rumcake, and a light toastiness.

M: Full-bodied with moderate, tingly carbonation.

D: Surprisingly high. Though concentrated, it's not overly sweet at all, and the flavor profile just doesn't get old. Even at 12%, the alcohol isn't too sharp.

Overall, this brew is a classic and is wonderful, heavenly, outstanding, etc. If you can age a few bottles - do it; I've had this at 4 yrs and it was noticabley better.

Photo of tjd112
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation - Poured into Chimay Goblet, 2009 - 22177

Appearance - Poured a dark ruby colour with lots and lots of floaters settling at the bottle, no lacing and head was fizzy and off-white with almost no retention.

Smell - Mostly bananas and plums, I can detect some caramel coming through faintly

Taste - Very warm and boozy with lots of esters, bananas, cloves, and plum comes out here with a hint of cake

Mouthfeel - Viscous and fully bodied

Drinkability - A sipper of the barleywine variety

Overall - Once again, Aventinus is the true king of beers

Photo of Halcyondays
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle, 2009 Edition,

A: Pours a relatively clear russet brown with a fizzy light head, poor retention.

S: Dark wheat, malt, cloves, light ethanol, fragrant.

T: Robust, full malt flavour with notes of cloves and light bananas. Dark raisins and oloroso sherry hints as well. Take Aventinus and make it bigger, like a fortified Aventinus which this is basically a de facto version of. Ethanol is present but melds seamlessly with the other flavours.

M: Full-bodied, moderately viscous, warming ethanol finish.

D: A contemplative effort for sipping, the flavour is very good and well worth the price for fans of Aventinus.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with a small amount of light penetration. Very thin head and not really any lacing.

S: Dark fruits, sweet malt, and some definite alcohol, which is to be expected.

T: Fairly intense. Loads of sweet malt and alcohol with a good dosing of dark fruits and cherries in the background.

M: Medium body with a nice heat to it.

D: Considering what this is, it ends up being a very nice sipper.

Photo of TommyW
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Dark, amber body with a dense, off-white head.

S- Banana bread, raisins, molasses, caramel and toffee; not much of an alcohol aroma.

T- Bit of clove spice up front followed by lots of sweet flavors like molasses and toffee, some phenols are present as is a slight alcohol presence. Very complex overall; hops try to come though, but aren't too noticeable.

M- Thick, syrupy feel with a nice carbonation towards the finish.

D- Really complex beer; I read that this is just a higher ABV version of Aventinus weizenbock, but I must say I don't agree. The complexity is awesome; making for a really enjoyable beer.

Photo of dasenebler
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a 2009 batch. Pours a dark amber that becomes a darker, hazy garnet color in the glass. Very fizzy and volatile; no head. Very nice aroma with notes of banana, esters, ripe, juicy fruit, and alcohol.

Flavor is good, though not spectacular. Syrupy sweetness and alcohol make this a veritable distilled wheat beer, but there're a lot of rich, malty and fruity flavors that make things interesting: caramel, toffee pudding, banana, grape, and apple. Insanely warming. Mouthfeel is full, creamy and syrupy slick. Medium-high carbonation makes things a tad fizzy. Drinkability is decent, but there's no avoiding the heat of this 12 percent behemoth.

This might be a nice nightcap and good example of the style (actually a Weizen-Eisbock, not a lager Eisbock), but I think I'd rather drink normal Aventinus.

Photo of flagmantho
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: dark, murky brown with a thin finger of tan foam. It definitely looks like it means business.

Smell: rich, fruity, chalky aroma. Fruits are sweet and dark, but fresh: plums, pears, cherries. They are bound together in a chalky medium that I find quite compelling. Alcohol is surprisingly sparse here. Superb.

Taste: very similar to the aroma. Some deeper flavors appear as well, such as raisins and prunes. Alcohol warmth becomes present, but it doesn't interfere with the smooth and complex yet somewhat light flavors. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: silky smooth, heavy body with a nice level of carbonation that makes this creamy and smooth. Really pleasing.

Drinkability: extremely drinkable, especially considering its monstrous 12% ABV. I am really enjoying this one.

Photo of jjanega08
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A= my first dabble with the eisbock style. I'm a little skeptical. The pour reveils a super hazy brown color. It looked super milky then it was coming out of the bottle. I figured the freeze distillation would make it much more translucant but I guess I'm way off base. The head is an off white color that rises to a perfect looking two fingers and holds some decent retention but not as well as I would expect from wheat. The lacing is pretty decent as well.

S= Really quite bubblegummy. Decent wheat aroma. The wheat is a little citrusy and zippy. There's some really nice maltyness to it. Good and sweet smelling. No alcohol is detected in the nose which I'm really suprised by. I thought this was gonna be a hot mess but so far it's suprising me.

T= The taste reminds me a lot of the regular Aventinus. There is a little bubblegum and a good wheat flavor to it. The wheat sort of mellows everything out and the sweet malts are excellent. That being said the alcohol I was so curious about doesn't come through in the taste. The feel going down my throat is hot however. The warmth in my belly lets me know this is a lot heavier in the booze also.

M= Pretty good. I think this is the only part of this beer that was lessened by the distillation. The feel is sort of thin and a little light.

D= A tasty brew for me and you. This is a decent beer by all means. The alcohol makes itself evident in the belly however. I may toss a few of these away to see what it does but it's by no means bad.

Photo of dbossman
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy brownish yellow; thin foamy head that dissipates to a slight film; okay lacing

S: Subtle banana and cloves; grainy and earthy; wet grains with something funky but interesting--spearmint? So layered and complex; alcohol sits pleasantly at the back of the nostril stinging it a bit

T: Grainy with high alcohol presence; earthy/straw quality; cloves and bananas are prevalent too

F: Good even coat--a bit creamy

D: Strong- this is a sipper but a very good beer nonetheless

Photo of kwjd
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-brown colour with thick off-white head. Smells of cherries and heavy malt sweetness. I can notice some of the alcohol in the taste, but not too much. For 12% abv, this hides the alcohol ridiculously well. It tastes of cherries and brown sugar, with the sweet malt. It is quite smooth and easy to drink, which could be dangerous at this abv.

Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
94 out of 100 based on 2,181 ratings.